Focus on biodiversity and ecosystem services

Whichever location is selected for a new National Park, the priority for its designation must be the protection and enhancement of biodiversity and ecosystem services. There is abundant research showing that where this is successfully achieved, tourism is generated and substantial sums of money are brought into and invested in a local area. This in itself must be carefully managed - again revolving around the principle that protection of the environment is key. Designation as a National Park provides an opportunity to work with landowners, local communities, NGOs etc. to demonstrate how sustainable land management can benefit wildlife and people.

Why the contribution is important

National Parks can provide multitude benefits but this should centre on the over-riding principle of protecting and enhancing biodiversity and ecosystem services. All land use, development and other management decisions must be made with this as key consideration. In doing so, it will be possible to realise an area which delivers sustainable tourism, inward investment and supports local communities, while also tackling biodiversity and climate crises.

by tmarshall on June 06, 2022 at 07:11AM

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  • Posted by camusfearna June 06, 2022 at 14:17

    The protection and enhancement of biodiversity and ecosystem services is important but the founding legislation adopted four aims and it does not seem appropriate to discard these and seek to designate a national park solely for the protection of biodiversity above all other considerations.
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